Suspended sentence for drug offences

The case was heard at Bishop Street courthouse.
The case was heard at Bishop Street courthouse.

A man who supplied cannabis to friends has been given an opportunity to stay out of trouble.

Cavan White, of Rossnagalliagh Park, received a nine month sentence suspended for three years.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to being concerned in an offer to supply cannabis and possessing a class B drug with intent to supply in June, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard police searched White’s home and found nine small bags of cannabis, with a street value of £220.

Police also seized a mobile phone, digital scales and a bong. During police interview, the 24-year-old said the cannabis was for his personal use. He claimed he was addicted to the drug and was smoking two bags a day.

The mobile phone was analysed and there were messages which indicated he was involved in supply of drugs.

It was accepted White was not a ‘major player’ and was supplying the drugs to family and friends.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin told the court his client is a young man who has ‘taken every possible approach to better his life’ in the last year.

He said White is involved with a number of organisations, including the Prince’s Trust and Older People North West, and is trying to address his drug addiction.

Suspending the sentence, Judge Philip Babington said White has made progress in ‘turning his life around’.

He added ‘I have no doubt there is a reasonable possibility that you will sort your life out and steer clear of trouble’.

The judge told the 24-year-old ‘I am prepared to give you this opportunity’.

Judge Babington also granted a destruction order for the drugs.